In light of an increasing number of free trade agreements (FTAs), the objective of this research is to investigate the impacts of FTAs on the economies of Japan and other countries, in order to provide the Japanese government with useful information in formulating trade policy. The analyses will take the form of ex-ante and ex-post. The ex-ante analysis is to examine the possible impacts of FTAs, which are still in negotiation or under study, by conducting simulation analyses using the computable general equilibrium models. The ex-post analysis is conducted by using the observed data after the FTAs are enacted. In addition to quantitative analysis, this research undertakes a qualitative analysis focusing on the role of FTAs in reconstructing the world trade system.
July 6, 2015 - December 31, 2016